But it’s wrong.
The process by which you lose weight is by putting yourself into a caloric deficit (burning more calories than you take in) on a daily basis for a period of time. If you consistently take in less calories than you expend, you’ll lose weight. That part is pretty simple, straightforward science.
The means by which a person makes that process happen is more what the author of this article was trying to convey.
Getting yourself into a caloric deficit can happen in 1 of 2 ways:
- Add movement into your day (running, biking, kickboxing, strength training, walking, etc)
- Reducing the amount of calories you eat (go from your typical 2000 cals per day to 1800 cals per day)
The author of the article was trying to showcase that a person can add movement into their day, with the intention of losing weight, in a myriad of different ways. Just because you don’t like running doesn’t mean you can’t lose weight.
Why am I writing about this? Well, I think this is one of those very important 2 millimeter distinctions.
If you mistakenly believe that the very act of adding in running, biking, kickboxing,etc into your day will automatically create weight loss, you’re missing a critical piece of the puzzle.
You MUST also consider, and be acutely aware of, whether or not that activity puts you into a calorie deficit for the day.
You cannot exercise for 30 - 60 minutes and then consume extra calories because you “earned them.”
There are simple and effective ways to track both your movement and caloric intake, which will help you achieve the results you’re looking for.
If you’d like help with this, just shoot me a message (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know. I’d be happy to walk through things with you.
- Coach Michelle
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